• Welcome to Secondary Transition!

    For more information, please contact:
    Crystal Evans, M.S. CRC
    Transition Facilitator
    2323 Brighton Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

    Secondary Transition is a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed within a result-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education,  integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation. (IDEA, 2004)

    • A bridge between school programs and the opportunities of adult life

    • Involves partnership between student, family, service/program providers, & local community members

    • Builds on student strengths, interests, preferences and addresses needs

    • Identifies services and supports needed to reach post-secondary goals

    Secondary Transition:  Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is secondary transition important?
    It is required by federal law (IDEA 2004) and PA regulations (Chapter 14).  Studies show that many students receiving special education services do not pursue education or training beyond high school and are not as successful as the general population in the workplace and in living independently. Transition planning & programming helps to close these gaps.

    Which students must have transition planning?

    All students with disabilities, ages 14-21, who qualify for special education services.

    When does secondary transition planning start?

    It is required by PA regulations (Chapter 14) that transition be addressed in the IEP of the student in the year he/she turns 14, but may begin earlier if the IEP team decides that early planning is appropriate.
    Who is involved in the transition planning process?
    Transition planning involves the student, family, all relevant educational staff, personnel from outside agencies, and other applicable community members.

Pittsburgh Public School's Transition Programs

Additional Resources

  • The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs, activities or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 341 Bellfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412.529.HELP (4357).